Casa de la Riva


This handsome, 18th-century mansion features beautiful wooden balconies, an elegant patio and period furnishings.

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1. Casa-Capilla de San Martín de Porres


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2. Santuario de Santa Rosa de Lima

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Honoring the first saint of the Americas, this plain, terracotta-hued church on a congested avenue is located roughly at the site of her birth. The modest…

3. Iglesia de las Nazarenas

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4. Iglesia de San Agustín

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This church has an elaborate churrigueresque facade (completed in 1720), replete with stone carvings of angels, flowers, fruit and, of course, St…

5. Casa de Oquendo


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6. Instituto Riva-Aguero

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Toward the center of downtown, this traditional casona houses the small Museum of Art & Popular Tradition.

7. Iglesia de Santo Domingo

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One of Lima’s most historic religious sites, the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and its expansive convent are built on land granted to the Dominican friar…

8. Iglesia de la Merced


The first Latin Mass in Lima was held in 1534 on a small patch of land now marked by the Iglesia de la Merced. Originally built in 1541, it was rebuilt…